Kayleigh lives with her mum, stepdad and half sister and brother. Her teacher referred her to the Time 4 You Counselling Service as she had noticed that Kayleigh was becoming more withdrawn and her school work was suffering.
Kayleigh attended counselling for 8 counselling sessions in school. She had some troubling memories of the time when her father and mother were together. She recalled the arguments, the violence and the fear she felt when her dad was angry and in a bad mood. The counsellor was able to create a safe environment for Kayleigh so she felt able to share these disturbing memories. The counsellor used scrapbooking to help Kayleigh look at her memories in a way that was less threatening. The counsellor also helped Kayleigh recall positive memories of time spent with her mum and her grandparents and also some of the hobbies that she used to enjoy. This helped her regain some positive feelings about herself. Kayleigh’s YP Core scores reduced from 15 to 5 by the end of her 8 sessions and Kayleigh reported feeling “much better”.